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The High State Security Prosecution releases EOHR Lawyer Mustafa Zidan on bail

Wednesday, 9 December 1998

Today, Wednesday 9 December 1998, the High State Security Prosecution
ordered the release of EOHR lawyer Mustafa Zidan on a LE 200 bail. He was
interrogated under article 80D of the Penal Code about charges of
disseminating false information with the purpose of harming Egypt's
national interests.

Zidan appeared before the prosecution today at noon to be questioned in
connection with case 945/1998-Higher State Security. Many lawyers attended
the interrogations with Zidan. 

On 2 December 1998, Mustafa Zidan was summoned by the Higher State Security
Prosecution for his role in gathering information for EOHR's report on the
events of Al-Kosheh. On 6 December, following the release of EOHR secretary
general Hafez Abu Seada on a LE 500 bail, the first attorney general of the
Higher State Prosecution urged that lawyer Mustafa Zidan be brought for

The EOHR highly appreciates the solidarity shown by all civil society
organizations and human rights activists at the local, regional and
international levels, as well as by all national and democratic forces. It
also commends their stances and awareness of the ongoing campaign to
tarnish the reputation of the EOHR and other human rights organizations in
order to undermine their role and remove their existence. The EOHR
reaffirms its firm stance in defense of human rights and basic freedoms.

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